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Boxing Your Cookies

Posted by Anne Yorks on Friday, June 9, 2017

Let's make a deal this holiday season, NO MORE BROKEN COOKIES!! Check out this post and video for tips on boxing, packing and shipping cookies!!

When shipping, I prefer to use a standard bakery box:

I like to order these 9 x 9 x 3 boxes from Papermart. Cookies are wrapped in a bubble pouch for safety. I like this small and large size from Staples. I like to call it 'Cookie Armour'. I tuck crinkle paper in the cracks and wrap the bakery box with ribbon. Then place it in a shipping box cushioned with pink packing peanuts.

What to see a good overview? Check out this video where I show step-by-step how like to pack for a great presentation!

So what if I'm not shipping cookies? Then I love to use WINDOW boxes to showcase my cookies! A frequent question is 'What box size should I use for my cookies?' Let's explore several of my favorite boxes. Most come from BRP Box Shop and if you click on the box title, you can view the actual product on their site.

The answer to this question is that I like to use several different boxes from BRP Box Shop depending on the size of the cookies and number of cookies in the gift. I've been snapping 'boxed' photos all year so I can share some of my favorite options....

It's good to mention that no matter what box size I use, I always wrap my cookies in a heat sealed cello bag. This helps to extend their freshness!! I like the 6 x 4 and 8 x 4 option on UNLINE! I use the 8" impluse sealer from Papermart (with trimmer) to seal the bags. Click here to view it. I have also seen these cheaper on ebay, so shop around to get the best deal!

For the 2-3 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 7" box from BRP Box Shop:

This size is perfect for a 2-cookie set for weddings or small gifts. I have used both the kraft brown finish and the white in this size and loved them both!

For the 3-4 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 9" box from BRP Box Shop:

For the 6-10 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 12 1/2" box from BRP Box Shop:

Depending on the size of the cookies, this box can be pretty versatile. In the top left photo, 6 larger cookies fit perfectly. Then on the right, 16 cookies fit in the box, because those eggs and carrots are small! Down below on the left, 7 unicorn cookies fit well and next to that, 8 custom thank you cookies for a realtor. 

For the 12-24 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 14" box from BRP Box Shop:

If I'm packing up 1 dozen cookies, I'll put a bed of white crinkle paper (find it at staples here) under the cookies. This will keep the cookies in place and help fill up the box. If I'm packing up 2 dozen cookies, I will carefully stack the cookies.

 

Packing and shipping is a topic that I explore in my recent online cookie class 'Smart Cookies'. 

There is an entire lesson on cookie presentation (packaging options and how to SHIP cookies).

You can check out this class here for a more in-depth explanation. Click here to register and view!

I hope this is helpful as you plan how to present your beautiful cookies to your family, friends, and customers!

LIST OF PACKING MATERIALS (click on name for links):

9 x 9 x 3 boxes from Papermart

small bubble pouch from Staples

large bubble pouch from Staples

6 x 4 clear cookie bag from ULINE

8 x 4 clear cookie bag from ULINE

8" Impulse cookie heatsealer with cutter 

7" box from BRP Box Shop

9" box from BRP Box Shop

12 1/2" box from BRP Box Shop

14" box from BRP Box Shop

White crinkle paper (find it at staples here

 

Happy Decorating!

Anne 

 

 

141 comments

  • Anne Yorks

    Dec 06, 2017

    Lori,
    I like to use the US Post Office Priority Mail when shipping cookies. The price will vary depending on what region you are sending from and to. I met with a local rep from my post office to understand how to best ship. It was really helpful. I wonder if a rep from your local post office could help you too.

  • Lori

    Nov 29, 2017

    How do you get shipping at reasonable rates? The cheapest I’ve been able to find is $14. and that is not counting all the “packaging” expenses – that is just for postal/ups or whatever. Please share how you get shipping charge reasonable. Thanks so much for all of the info. you share. Your tips are really appreciated.

  • Lynn

    Jun 16, 2017

    What heat sealer do you recommend? I’ve never done it before but I don’t like how hard the cookies get after a while. By the time I decorate them and the customer eats them, they do get really tough. But the sealers are so… vast! Anyone have recommendations?

  • Judy Strome

    Jun 14, 2017

    Anne, thank you for responding to my question! I just ordered the shipping boxes you specified from Uline. I also ordered the bakery boxes. I have been trying to fit my cookies in the USPS priority mail and regional mail boxes. That doesn’t work because those boxes are too small!!! but it saves in shipping.

  • Anne Yorks

    Jun 14, 2017

    Susie – I like the bags from ULINE. There is a link in this blog post in the 3rd paragraph. I hope that is helpful.

    Judy – When shipping multiple boxes, I will pack two bakery boxes and stack in a 10 × 10 × 10 (or 12 × 12 × 12 if 3-4 cookie boxes) shipping box…then I cushion with packing peanuts. There are some good tutorials that show how to ship without double boxing. I personally like the look of the bakery box, but there are other successful methods.

    Tammy – I like use a heat sealer from Papermart.com (8" with trimmer). It works great and easy!

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